The airplane pictured in the front is a Fleet NC 431K. This vintage Fleet NC 431K was built in 1929 in Buffalo, New York. Author Richard Bach is one of the previous owners of this American made airplane. He featured it in his aviation novel Illusions. Bach is an American writer widely known as the author of some of the 1970s’ biggest sellers, including Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
Vintage Fleet NC 431K and The Quiet Birdmen Organization
The Quiet Birdmen organization is well-known to veteran aviators. The all-male chapters exist all over the world. The building you see here is the home of the Lakeland, Florida, chapter of QB that’s located on the SUN ‘n FUN Campus. Two members of the club are depicted standing on the grass while inspecting the aircraft in the print. The most intriguing fact about this print is its origin. An anonymous — and generous — Lakeland QB member commissioned Sam to paint the original. He didn’t want anyone to know who paid for the original painting but the wonderful piece depicting a Vintage Fleet NC 431K hangs in the QB building. It’s been a source of great speculation and it’s a wonderful tribute to the popular aviation fraternity.
About the Prints for Birdmen in Paradise
The 16″ x 20″ prints are available in a Lyons Studio Limited Edition size of 100 Signed & Numbered and 10 Artist Proofs.